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    Pioneer’s VSX-933 7.2-Channel AVR Delivers Enticing Tech for Under $500

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    (April 29, 2018) The Onkyo & Pioneer Corporation recently unveiled another budget-priced AV Receiver as part of its 2018 gear rollout. Carrying the Pioneer badge, the new VSX-933 can drive a 4K immersive show while also commanding a whole-home audio system, all for $479.

    The VSX-933’s Discrete Direct Energy amp section delivers 80 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHZ, THD 0.08%, 2ch driven) with 7.2-channels of performance. The receiver can also be configured to provide Zone 2 output while powering a 5.1 multi-channel system. Like other Pioneer AVRs, the VSX-933 carries the company’s proprietary MCACC room correction audio package. Specifically, it utilizes MCACC with Phase Control Technology and an included microphone to compensate for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, while equalizing the system. In addition, the onboard Reflex Optimizer fine-tunes up-firing Atmos speaker output by compensating for phase shift caused by high-directive sound that reflects off a ceiling and low-directive sound that reaches ears directly.

    Both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos immersive sound are supported for a 3D audio experience utilizing a 5.2.2 layout. In addition, traditional surround sound codecs can be upmixed to immersive-like presentations using Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X technology. The VSX-933 also delivers Hi-Res audio sourced from a local network or front/rear USB terminals, with support for 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC and DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6MHz.

    Digital to audio conversion is handled by an AKM AK4458 384 kHz/32-bit converter.

    Audio fans will also appreciate onboard support for Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer, along with Bluetooth streaming. Chromecast built-in allows for streaming direct from compatible handheld devices and home computers, in addition to Google Assistant control and functionality. While whole-home audio is also available using FlareConnect and DTS Play-Fi, both of which can command a multi-room experience when used with the Pioneer Music Control App. Using either technology, owners can stream music (including music sourced from vinyl, compact discs, and network music services) to compatible devices and wireless speakers.

    On the video front, the VSX-933 presents six HDMI inputs that are fully compatible with current 4K UHD video standards. That includes compatibility with 4K/60 Hz video, BT. 2020 wide color, and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, in addition to support for a wide range of HDR formats (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision).

    The VSX-933 delivers other useful input/output connection options, highlighted by five sets of analog inputs (including one phono) and dual subwoofer outputs. Owners can also access single Ethernet, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, a headphone output, and component video inputs.

    The VSX-933 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver is available for pre-order now, with shipping expected to begin mid-May.

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